1. A different Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers, for lack of a better word, was “off” in the initial meeting against the Cowboys. The Packers’ O-line gave him plenty of time, receivers got open but Rodgers missed some passes. When Rodgers did make the throw, receivers were dropping balls left and right. Jordy Nelson had a handful of catches but almost as many drops.
That was then this is now.
Since his “run the table” statement, Aaron Rodgers has been playing arguably the best football of his career, and right now is the best at his position in the NFL. Against a top defense in the Giants, Rodgers threw for 362 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions. Aaron Rodgers is at the top of his game.
2. A different tight end
Jared Cook has been a difference-maker on the field for the Packers this season. Cook is able to take the top off a defense but also has been excellent at moving the chains. With Aaron Rodgers at the top of his game, Cook should be a factor against the Cowboys Sunday. With Jordy Nelson questionable to go, Cook may draw more attention from the Cowboys’ defense, but that is just another way to be a factor in the game…enter Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, or Geronimo Allison.
Aaron Rodgers is very happy to have a tight end the likes of which he hasn’t seen since Jermichael Finley’s exit. Jared Cook is very happy to have a top quarterback and a chance to go the distance for the first time in his career…good things to follow.
3. A different defense.
In the initial meeting, the Packers’ defense was banged up. In this meeting…the Packers’ defense is banged up. The difference is
The turnovers have returned to the Packers’ defense also, which has been a big factor in the lower point totals. Since the 6 turnover game against the Seahawks in December, the Packers have returned to their ball hawking ways. It will be a tough test against a Dallas team that was able to put up 150 plus yards rushing the last time around but this is a different defense. If the Packers can stop the run, Dak Prescott will have the weight of the world on his shoulders. If that happens, look for the Packers’ defense to get that one or two turnovers that can be the difference in the game.
So here is to redemption, the Packers look to get some on Sunday afternoon. The stage is set for this Packers team to continue their run.